7th Mules vs. Dimmitt (10-30-2014)
Jose Cardenas snatched up a Dimmitt fumble at the Mule 48-yard line and scooted the 52 yards for the final touchdown of the game. Kelan Florez took the snap and cut up field just outside the tackle for the two-point conversion with 7:50 remaining in the game.
The clock was allowed to continually run during the final quarter and the Mules defeated the Dimmitt Bobcats 38-0.
The Mules opening drive ended in disappointment after driving from the Mule 28 to the Dimmitt one-yard line in just six plays. The Mules had a first and goal from the one and fumbled. The ball rolled into the end zone and Dimmitt recovered.
Damian Juarez made the stop after a Dimmitt four-yard gain on first down. Fernando Rivas made back-to-back tackles in the Bobcats backfield for a one-yard loss each time. The Bobcats were forced to punt on fourth down and the ball took a Dimmitt bounce to the Mule 24.
The Mules suffered a sack on first down and were backed up nine yards. Juarez kept up the middle and cut to the right for an 85-yard touchdown run with 51 seconds remaining in the opening period. The Mules led 6-0 after the two-point conversion failed.
Hector Arras made the stop on the Dimmitt return at the Bobcat 38. A facemask penalty on first down moved the ball to the Mule 46. Cristian Bustillos tackled the Bobcat on first down after a Bobcat gain of three yards.
Jacob Barron broke up a pass on second down. Cardenas picked off a Dimmitt pass at the Mule 30 and returned it up field 10 yards.
Juarez was forced to scramble to his right on first down. He turned the corner and scooted 60-yards for the Mules’ second touchdown with 6:49 left in the half. The Mules led 12-0.
Eddie Vasquez kicked off to the Dimmitt 38 and the Bobcats could not make a return. Matthew Alarcon made the tackle on first down. Cardenas got a hand on the Bobcat pass and knocked the ball away. Barron tipped the pass away from the Bobcat on third down to force a Dimmitt punt to the Mule 47.
Juarez tossed a swing pass to Arras. Arras broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and raced 53-yards for a touchdown to put the Mules on top 18-0 with 5:39 remaining in the half.
Cardenas kicked off for the Mules to the Dimmitt 17. The Bobcats returned to the Mule 40 before Barron made the touchdown saving tackle. Three plays later Jimmy Villa picked off a Bobcat pass at the Mule 32. He returned to the Dimmitt 40 before being tackled.
Cardenas went in motion and took the handoff on the Jet play and raced 25 yards to the Dimmitt 15. Juarez tossed to Alarcon on the bubble screen for a 15-yard TD pass and run. The Mules led 24-0 at the intermission.
Cardenas kicked off to start the second half out of bounds at the Dimmitt four-yard line. Alarcon picked off a Bobcat pass at the Dimmitt 42 and returned it to the end zone. A blocking-in-the-back penalty brought the ball back to the Dimmitt 43.
Jesus Montiel took an option pitch to the Dimmitt 39. Bustillos carried wide right and cut up field behind blocks for 14 yards. Juarez found Barron open behind the Bobcat defense at the Dimmitt four-yard line. Barron scored on the 25-yard pass and run with 3:11 left in the third period to extend the Mule lead to 30-0.
The Mules’ season will end in Littlefield Thursday night when the Mules meet the Wildcats.